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The Best & Worst Frozen Foods at Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club’s frozen section is hiding so many gems that you haven’t even realized are healthy. Of course, you know things like frozen fruit or frozen seafood are good options if you’re watching what you eat, but some prepared foods are good to have on hand at home, too. And what better way to stock your freezer than to shop in bulk?We perused Sam’s Club’s offerings to see just what kind of healthy frozen options are available at the store. And while we were at it, we took note of some of the things you should avoid if you’re trying to eat healthier. Ahead, find some of the best and worst frozen foods from Sam’s Club to either pick up or walk away from the next time you’re out shopping.And for more, don’t miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback. BEST: Birds Eye Garlic Chicken Skillet MealPer 1 3/4 cups (176 g): 240 calories, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 670 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 13 g proteinThe beauty of this frozen dish is that it’s a complete meal and clocks in at a very-low-calorie level. It’s full of vegetables, pasta, and grilled chicken, and you could easily fill out your meal with additional vegetables to up your fiber intake without adding any excess salt (because there’s already a good amount in it).$8.48 at Sam’s ClubBuy NowRELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox! WORST: Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot PiesPer pot pie (283 g): 600 calories, 32 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 960 mg sodium, 61 g carbs (4 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 17 g proteinAs delicious as these pot pies may be, they’re not a good option if you’re eating healthy. They’re packed with a bunch of things that won’t do you any favors, like sodium and fat. Though they have 17 grams of protein, there’s not enough fiber to balance it out and make it worth it. You’re better off eating the chicken and veggies on their own, without the shell.$10.98 for 8 at Sam’s ClubBuy NowRELATED: Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here! BEST: Tattooed Chef Cauliflower Mac and CheesePer 1 cup (113 g): 150 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 290 mg sodium, 12 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g proteinIf you’re on a low-carb diet and are missing pasta, try this cauliflower mac and cheese. It has exactly zero pasta in it, bringing the number of carbs in a serving way down. It’s also low in calories but has a good amount of protein, so you’ll fill up and be happy about what you ate.$10.98 for 2 at Sam’s ClubBuy Now WORST: Edwards Hershey’s Chocolate Creme PiePer 1/8 pie (90 g): 330 calories, 19 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 280 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (1 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 4 g proteinThis pie has a lot of sugar in it—you expect that with a dessert. But this pie in particular has a lot of calories and fat as well, and not a lot of protein or fiber. That means it might satisfy your sweet tooth but won’t have much nutritional value for you. BEST: Beyond Meat Beyond Burger Plant-Based PattiesPer patty (113 g): 260 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 350 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 20 g proteinThe big thing to notice on the nutrition information for the Beyond Burger is how much protein is in each patty. Yes, there are a good amount of calories in each patty, but it’s balanced by how much protein is also in each one. It’s also incredibly low in carbs, so you’re getting a very healthy burger here. Plus, it’s plant-based!$14.98 for 8 at Sam’s ClubBuy Now WORST: Totino’s Pepperoni Pizza RollsPer 6 rolls (85 g): 220 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 6 g proteinWhile this nutrition information might not look too bad, you have to remember that it’s only for six pizza rolls. Six pizza rolls are not very many, and you’re not getting much nutritional value out of those. If you eat two serving sizes, which is probably closer to what an adult might eat during a meal, you’re taking in a lot of sodium and a lot of carbs without much fiber or protein, unfortunately.$7.48 for 160 rolls at Sam’s ClubBuy Now BEST: Jimmy Dean Delights Farmer’s Recipe Egg White OmeletPer omelet (102 g): 180 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 530 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 14 g proteinAs far as breakfast options go in the freezer section, this Jimmy Dean’s sandwich is one of the better options because it’s low in carbs but high in protein. It’s also on the low end for calories and sodium so you can start your day off on the healthy side. WORST: Member’s Mark Franks in a BlanketPer 4 franks (77 g): 260 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 530 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g proteinThe serving size here is on the small side, which makes the nutrition information a little concerning. If you’re able to stick to just eating four of these, they aren’t awful, though they’re high in fat but not fiber or protein. Once you creep over that serving size, though, these start to become unhealthy pretty quickly.$10.98 for 48 franks at Sam’s ClubBuy Now BEST: Tattooed Chef Veggie Nest Zucchini Spirals With PestoPer 3/4 cup (105 g): 120 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 210 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g proteinAs with any veggie dish, you’re not going to have a lot of calories, carbs, fiber, or protein here. But because this dish comes in so low in calories, you can eat a heaping serving without making too much of a dent in your diet. Also, because the noodles aren’t pasta, you’re staying very low on carbs.$9.98 at Sam’s ClubBuy Now WORST: Jimmy Dean Delights Egg’wich Breakfast FrittatasPer sandwich (116 g): 240 calories, 17 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 850 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 13 g proteinWhile these frittatas might come across as being healthy, they’re loaded with sodium, which isn’t great. The rest of the nutrition is pretty decent, but you’re better off making homemade frittatas loaded with veggies that you can portion out for the week ahead. BEST: Healthy Choice Fudge BarsPer bar (76 g): 90 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 45 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 4 g sugar alcohol), 4 g proteinThis is a pretty good option for a sweet treat. Each bar is low in calories and fat; you just have to watch out for the carbs if that’s something you’re concerned about. However, if you’re just following a healthy diet and can’t be without dessert (understandable), reach for one of these!$8.98 for 18 at Sam’s ClubBuy Now WORST: Pierre Fully Cooked Flame-Broiled Bacon CheeseburgerPer sandwich (179 g): 560 calories, 33 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 900 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 25 g proteinYes, you’re getting ample protein in this burger, but you’re also getting a huge amount of sodium, carbs, and fat. This burger—which includes the whole sandwich—isn’t your best option from the freezer section. Instead, grab a pack of frozen hamburgers (or Beyond Meat Burgers) and build a healthier, homemade sandwich.And for more, check out these 108 most popular sodas ranked by how toxic they are.